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- Musician type
- Host institution
- Amsterdam University
- The Netherlands
Tony Roe began playing the piano at the age of 6. He studied classical piano with Rian de Waal at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Driven by a strong interest in music technology and electronics he enrolled at the School of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University and joined classes in Music Technology at the High school of Arts in Utrecht. Meanwhile he performed as a keyboard player and sound designer in several bands.
In 2002 Tony started at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he took classes with Kris Goessens, Karel Boehlee and Rob van Bavel. He graduated in 2009 as performing jazz pianist with a “10 with distinction” (A++). Tony’s efforts to incorporate electronics into live jazz performance and to cross the borders with contemporary classical music began at the Conservatory. He benefitted from regular visits to New York where he took lessons with Ari Hoenig, Jason Moran and Jean-Michel Pilc.
In 2009 Tony took the initiative to establish Tin Men and the Telephone for which he composes most of the music and develops interactive visuals and software. In recent years, Tony has performed and toured with Tin Men and the Telephone as well as several other ensembles and bands. Among them are Asko Schönberg ensemble, Room Eleven (Universal Music), Tetzepi, Tarhanna, OOOO, and Yuri Honing. Tony has played at many stages in the Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, and South Africa.
Although the space for creativity in regard to performance in improvised music is generally assumed to be greater than e.g. in classical music, I would argue it is restricted in many ways. The aim of this research proposal is to examine some major restrictions and to explore possibilities to overcome them.